The Yavapai College District Governing Board voted Monday, Sept. 12, to kill the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee, effective at the end of the month.

The committee was formed to represent our voice to the board, which is building new facilities in Prescott and Prescott Valley while promising less than

$5 million to the Verde Valley over the next 10 years even though it will reap over $12 million per year from us — $120 million — over those years. Outrage, threats of lawsuits and secession from the district prompted the committee’s creation. It was a tiny concession, but one that gave the board a list of local recommendations … which the board routinely ignored.

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Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Most of us remember exactly where we were when we heard about the attacks. Current high school students view the attacks of 9/11 the same way some of us see the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, or the Attack on Pearl Harbor or the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand — as a historical incident that set in motion a series of world-changing events but one that lacks the visceral immediacy of the memory.

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With final results in, the Sedona City Council will have two new faces come November.

For the three four-year council seats, Vice Mayor John Martinez retained his seat while challengers Joe Vernier and John Currivan won the second and third seats, ahead of incumbent Councilwoman Jessica Williamson, who was not reelected. The race was a statistical dead heat, as only a few percentage points separated the top and bottom vote-getters.

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The Tuesday, Aug. 30, primary election over, but final results are still being tallied, so it’s still too close to call some races on the ballot.

However, looking toward November, there is one key election important to all Sedona area residents — the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board.

Current board members John D. Miller, Bobbie Surber and Tommy Stovall have all gracefully decided to step aside and not run for reelection, although the ever-loquacious Stovall did initially pull a campaign packet.

We thank these officials for their service on the board.

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On Aug. 23, our newsroom in Cottonwood was among several businesses at 830 S. Main Street evacuated due to a bomb threat.

The threat did not target our newsroom specifically, but rather the general complex, which includes several financial services offices, an insurance company, a medical marijuana certification center and a drug-testing facility.

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Election day is Tuesday, Aug. 30. The mayor’s and the two-year council seat will likely be decided then. With four candidates running for three four-year seats, under our current state laws, the highest statistical probability is that two candidates will be elected with the other two in a runoff for the third seat until Tuesday, Nov. 8. Slightly less statistically probable is that all three seats will be filled with one candidate left out.

All the candidates running for office, incumbents and challengers alike have said they want to tackle Sedona’s traffic problems, but are ambiguous about the details.
Part of this perennial ambivalence is what prompted us to draft and publish our two-page map spread “A Comprehensive List of Potential Improvements to Fix Sedona Traffic” in our Nov. 6 edition.

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